The Early Glass Blowers and African Americans
Glassboro, New Jersey
The Stanger Brother were seven former employees of the Whitney Glass Works in nearby Salem County, N. J. They came to
Glassboro, N. J. to open the first glass-works in 1775. Due to business failure, the Stanger's business was eventually purchased by Whitney and Warrick.
Stanger's business name was changed to the Owens Bottle Machine Company Whitney Plant No. 2 and later changed to the Owens Bottle Machine Plant No. 8.
The name was finally changed to the Owens Illinois Glass Co. in 1929. There were a few African Americans working for the company at that time.
See the following list of 1929 employees. The checked names are those I recognize from my community. Please
e-mail me if you recognize any names. Approximately 30 years ago, my aunt Laura Bright, retired from Owens as a supervisor.
The company offered some of the better jobs in the Glassboro area. Owens made an effort in the 1950s to reach out to the community. The first racially integrated boy scout troop was
supported by the company and these scouts were allowed to use the company's recreational facilities. Owens, in this regard, was highly instrumental in fostering better community relations. It was around this time that other local businesses sponsored racially integrated Little League Baseball teams.
I was a member of the Owen's boy scout troop as well as Little League Baseball. I appreciate the positive impact these events had on our lives as young African American teenagers and the Glassboro community as a whole..
The Owens Bottle Machine Company
Whitney Plant No. 2
October 10, 1918